European Roller – Jubail – Focusing on Wildlife
Jun 202017
 


Whilst birding the Jubail area in late May I came across two European Rollers of which one I was able to photograph and is shown below. Saudi Arabia has three species of roller on the country list.

These are Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis a vagrant, Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus a breeding resident of the southwest region of the Kingdom and European Roller Coracias garrulus a common passage migrant from March to May and again from mid-July to late September when juveniles are also seen along with adults.

Birds are regularly seen in the Eastern Province in all areas but are not particularly common in the Jubail area. They are seen almost every year in both spring and autumn in very small numbers at this location but they are always good to see.

European Roller

European Roller

 

Subscribe to our FREE Newsletter

 

 

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

Share this post with your friends





Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

avatar
Dawn DiMaria

Intense looking bird

Dawn DiMaria

Intense looking bird

Kathy Smith

Beautiful

Kathy Smith

Beautiful

Darlene Scott

I really like the colors on that one!

Darlene Scott

I really like the colors on that one!

Maurene Worthington

Very pretty bird!

Maurene Worthington

Very pretty bird!

Top-Viewed Posts Last 30 Days

  1. POLL: Should Europe’s Wolves be Rewilded? – [1337 Views]
  2. Gray Squirrels versus Red Squirrels – The Facts – [1072 Views]
  3. Anti-bird tree spikes: we love cars so much, we destroy nature for them – [1006 Views]
  4. Coast Guard Rescues Sea Turtle Entangled Amid Bales of Cocaine – [999 Views]
  5. How Do Squirrels Deal With Cold? They May Not Feel It Like Us – [977 Views]
  6. Nepal’s Last Dancing Bears Have Been Rescued – [957 Views]
  7. Poachers Shoot Down Sea Shepherd Drone in the Gulf of Mexico – [925 Views]
  8. Beak fitness: New Zealand develops roadside gym for endangered keas – [899 Views]
  9. Florida Is ‘Raining Iguanas.’ Will The Invasive Reptiles Adapt? – [781 Views]
  10. In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder – [768 Views]

Top-Viewed Posts Last 12 Months

  1. POLL: Should hunting with hounds be banned? – [7792 Views]
  2. POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on fur farming? – [4510 Views]
  3. POLL: Should the trophy hunting of bears and wolves be banned? – [4091 Views]
  4. Gray Squirrels versus Red Squirrels – The Facts – [3859 Views]
  5. POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for slaughtering dolphins and whales? – [3395 Views]
  6. POLL: Should the slaughter of badgers in the UK be finally stopped? – [3100 Views]
  7. POLL: Should the cruel sport of bullfighting be banned? [2873 Views]
  8. POLL: Should Canada ban the hunting of seals? [2667 Views]
  9. POLL: Should the Tories be allowed to bring back fox hunting? [2578 Views]
  10. POLL: Should wild elephants be sold to Chinese zoos? [2322 Views]